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#4556875 - 10/28/17 07:10 AM 2000 7.3 Wheels
bandz7 Offline

Registered: 03/15/09
Posts: 165
Loc: Pylesville, MD
Hey everyone, Iím wonder about how to clean these wheels when I do a detail on my filís pickup

His are no where near this shiny, completely dirty and dull. I remember washing and cleaning the truck a few years back and wheel cleaner did nothing.

Are these wheels raw aluminum?

Would they be a good candidate to try the paint stripper spray followed by a metal polish?

Edited by bandz7 (10/28/17 07:10 AM)
1986 GMC Jimmy S-15 Chevron Delo 15W-40
2001 Corvette Z06 PU 5W-30 RT6 5W-40/MoS2
2003 VW Jetta TDI RT6 5W-40
2010 Nissan Murano PU 5W-30

#4556936 - 10/28/17 08:50 AM Re: 2000 7.3 Wheels [Re: bandz7]
92saturnsl2 Offline

Registered: 03/02/04
Posts: 1188
Loc: Flaherty, KY
My uncle had a 2001 7.3 F-250 with those wheels. His were definitely chrome. I'm not 100% sure on the base metal, I suspect they're aluminum with a chrome plating. Here's a random picture of them I found on the internet:

Not sure if Ford made a style without the plating-- that could be what you're seeing on your fil's truck. If it's bare aluminum it'll most certainly have a clear coat of some sort, which often fails or peels off as the wheel ages. There's not much you can do if that's what happened (of if the chrome plating has deteriorated)-- attempts at using abrasives will scratch up the wheel. It might be just caked on brake dust which is not so easy to remove but can be done with time and patience. I'd try to use a mild solvent of some sort and a blue scotch brite (green might be too abrasive, but you could try that carefully).
1985 F-250HD 7.5L 4x4 135k- Maxlife 15w-40 HDEO
04 Odyssey EX 175k PUP 5w-40
96 Maxima GLE 235k PUP 0w-40
02 Mazda Tribute 185k - Citgo 5w-30 conv.

#4556952 - 10/28/17 09:09 AM Re: 2000 7.3 Wheels [Re: bandz7]
RTexasF Offline

Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 2838
Loc: North TX
It they are uncoated then metal polish will likely be required. A Mother's powerball attachment for a drill makes it easier to deal with.

#4557574 - 10/28/17 06:49 PM Re: 2000 7.3 Wheels [Re: bandz7]
bandz7 Offline

Registered: 03/15/09
Posts: 165
Loc: Pylesville, MD
Thanks guys. Iíll try to use a chrome wheel cleaner and see where it takes me. I know chrome only wheel cleaners are much stronger than the ďallĒ wheel cleaners.
1986 GMC Jimmy S-15 Chevron Delo 15W-40
2001 Corvette Z06 PU 5W-30 RT6 5W-40/MoS2
2003 VW Jetta TDI RT6 5W-40
2010 Nissan Murano PU 5W-30